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#AMillionDecisions – an ongoing initiative

70 for #NHS70: endorsements for #AMillionDecisions at NHSConfed18

A fantastic two days of advocacy about the role of health librarians and knowledge specialists took place last week at the NHS Confed18 Exhbition in Manchester.  Conversations were held with over 70 senior leaders across the healthcare system who signed-up to support the key messages of the campaign, highlighting the critical role of specialist health librarians to encourage the use of evidence and knowledge to inform decisions made in health care.

In addition four of our champions  provided interviews about the necessity to use reliable evidence in health care decision making, outlining the multiple benefits from working with health librarians.

Louise Goswami and Sue Lacey-Bryant travelled from Manchester to Keele to deliver a keynote presentation  to the CILIP Health Libraries Group Conference which described what has changed as a result of the campaign.

The campaign to-date

Phase One of the #AMillionDecisions campaign reached its conclusion at the end of 2017. The campaign was successful in gathering high-profile senior leader support and enabling conversations to take place about the critical role of library and knowledge services at a national level. Tangible results include the NHS Library and Knowledge Services Policy being embedded in the NHS England researc h plan; a pilot knowledge broker service for the National Association Primary Care (NAPC) care home initiative; regular communications to various NHS organisations about library and knowledge services and trialling questions relating to library services within the GMC survey.  Further potential for greater partnership working with a range of organisations, such as the Care Quality Commission, NHS England and NHS Improvement are also underway. Further leads from events such as our presence at the NHS Confederation Conference 2017 are still being followed up.

Featured throughout the campaign were a series of social cards featuring endorsements from high-profile champions and the production of case study vignettes illustrating the impact of the work we do.

At a local level #AMillionDecisions has presented a clear message that can be used by Library and Knowledge service teams to celebrate the impact of their work upon healthcare services.

Ongoing developments

A meeting was held with CILIP in the early part of 2018 and a decision taken to continue to use the #AMillionDecisions messaging and branding as an ongoing initiative celebrating the critical role of specialist health librarians to encourage the use of evidence and knowledge to inform excellent health care and health improvement. The second phase of this initiative will focus around reaching out to those that employ health librarians and to NHS organisations and individuals which currently do not make use of library and knowledge services. It will share a range of outputs such as the Evidence and Knowledge Self Assessment Tool and the Literature Searching and Knowledge Mobilisation e-learning tools to encourage use of evidence and knowledge within the health service in England.

Further endorsements have been sought and published across social media – in 2018 these have included endorsements from Professor Gillian Leng, NICE; Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, University of Oxford; Dr Andrew Goddard, Royal College of Physicians; Dr Tim Swanwick, Health Education England;  Dr Nav Chana, NAPC; Dr Jonty Heaversedge, NHS England and Professor Tim Evans, NHSI.

The illustrative case studies supplied by you continue to be shared as examples of good practice with many senior stakeholders.

How can you get involved?

We ask that you continue to use the #AMillionDecisions logo, collect endorsements from your own local champions and continue to submit impact case studies to the Knowledge for Healthcare Blog. Two basic templates are available for you to develop and share examples of your own local social cards and impact case study vignettes. Continue to use the hashtag in your social media posts and share key messages from the initiative within your organisations.

An Espresso Cafe was held at the CILIP HLG Conference to gather feedback about  #AMillionDecisions.  Notes from that session are available here.

For further information please contact your regional library lead.

Libraries Deliver: HEE response to the open consultation on Public Libraries

As leaders of the strategic development and quality assurance of NHS funded library, information and knowledge services, HEE was pleased to submit a  response to the open consultation on Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 – 2021.

Our response from HEE was prepared in consultation with the strategic Library and Knowledge Service Leads supporting Local offices of HEE around the country, and approved by the HEE Executive Team on 24 May.

You will see that broadly speaking we welcome the shared Ambition for Public Libraries in England proposed by the Libraries Taskforce. We note the wide range of bodies that have been involved in its development, the ambitious view that it takes and the emphasis it places on public libraries as central to the development of communities, underpinning reading and literacy; health and wellbeing; economic growth; culture and creativity and learning.

Cradle to grave

We particularly welcome the recognition that public libraries are a “cradle to grave service”; that they are vital to both the physical and mental health of the public and that public libraries support the development of digital literacy.

For the Taskforce to consider

We present a number of observations and suggestions for the Taskforce to consider relating to digital literacy, collaborative working and evidence-based planning and not least to workforce. We emphasise that it is well-trained, experienced and qualified library staff that design, deliver and evaluate the library service.

HEE would be happy to be proactive in supporting the implementation of your Ambition for Public Libraries in England in an appropriate way, and to meet to discuss this further.


David Stewart, Director of Health Libraries North

Sue Lacey Bryant, Senior Advisor, Knowledge for Healthcare, HEE

Follow the money – auditing and reviewing the investment in LKS

Do we know where the money invested in NHS library and knowledge services comes from?

Do we know how much is invested?

We all have questions about the funding levels and whether it is appropriate for what is expected to be delivered as part of an NHS library and knowledge service.

Health Education England has commissioned CIBER Research Ltd. http://ciber-research.eu/ to carry out an audit/review with the aim of improving the effectiveness and value for money of these services to the NHS and associated bodies, their staff and learners. The review has three objectives:

  1. To analyse the existing data to determine whether, and how, the levels of funding are inequitable and whether inequity correlates to diminished quality of service for staff and learners.
  2. To review the current model of funding for Library and Knowledge Services across the NHS in England to determine if the model offers optimum value for money for HEE and NHS bodies.
  3. To present alternative funding models and identify all those organisations which could be co-funding services to reduce inequity and best support the implementation of Knowledge for Healthcare.

The work will answer the following questions:

  • Does the current model result in best use of resources?
  • What alternative models are there?
  • Which NHS bodies does HEE need to work with?
  • Which other non-NHS bodies does HEE need to work with?
  • What can be learned from existing data?
  • What is the relationship between funding and compliance with the NHS Library Quality Assurance Framework (LQAF)?

The work will be guided by the HEE Library and Knowledge Services Leads Equitable Funding Task and Finish Group with Linda Ferguson acting as project manager and is planned to complete in September 2016.

Members of the Task and Finish Group

Helen Bingham – HEE South

Andrew Brown – Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Rachel Cooke – Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Linda Ferguson (Chair) – HEE North linda.ferguson@nhs.net

Louise Goswami – HEE Kent Surrey and Sussex

Charlie Leppington – Imperial College London

Richard Marriott – HEE East Midlands

With support from Sue Lacey-Bryant, Senior Advisor, Knowledge for Healthcare